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CDC recommends updated COVID-19 vaccine for fall/winter

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The Centers for Disease Control announced approval of a new COVID-19 vaccine booster Sept. 12. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter. Updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna...

Gov. issues statement marking 22 years since 9/11 terrorist attacks

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statement on the 22nd anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks:

"Today, I join all those mourning the loss of 2,977 innocent victims killed in the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history. Among those lost were mothers, fathers, sons and daughters," Lujan Grisham said. "One New Mexican, Retired Alamogordo Police Lt. Al Marchand, was among them, leaving behind a wife and son. Hundreds of first responders, running toward danger while others ran from it, also perished when the towers fell."

She discussed the bravery many Americans showed that day.

"Americans will never forget the loss of so many lives, but we also never forget the highest...

IHS announces allocation decisions for $702.6 million in bipartisan infrastructure law funding

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In a significant stride towards ensuring essential sanitation facilities throughout Indian Country, the Indian Health Service is announcing the fiscal year 2023 allocation decisions for $702.6 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Building upon the momentum set by the BIL, which allocates $3.5 billion to the IHS between FY 2022 and 2026, this funding empowers efforts to develop critical infrastructure, including robust drinking water sources, reliable sewage systems, and effective solid waste disposal facilities.

“The projects funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are critical towards making substantial improvements in clean water and sanitation systems...

Listening to domestic violence victims

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New program seeks survivors’ input to make changes

According to the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in the U.S. According to a 2017 program evaluation of domestic violence programs for victims and batters done by New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, almost 25% of New Mexican adults have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime, and over 48,000 people were arrested for domestic violence offenses between 2008 and 2015.

In an effort to lower those numbers and prevent domestic violence all together, the NMCADV was recently granted funding to create a new position to help victims of domestic violence in three...

Council legislation protects sexual violence victims

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — During a special session held on Aug. 25, the 25th Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved Legislation No. 0053-23, which will amend Title 17 of the Navajo Nation Code to enact the Navajo Nation Victim’s Rights Act of 2023 to increase awareness to victims of sexual assault and rape, domestic violence, and other violent assaults, regarding their rights and the protections and support that are available to them and their families as they await justice.

The historic bill, sponsored by Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/To’Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz’t’I’í), marks the...

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